Charleston Southern will welcome Liberty on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers host the Flames in their first conference matchup of the season. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.
Women's Basketball Game Notes - vs. Liberty
Liberty enters Tuesday night's matchup with a 1-10 record. The Flames recorded their solo-win against West Liberty on December 10, defeating the Hilltoppers in a hefty 64-38 victory. However, Liberty could not find a W against Duke, James Madison, Appalachian State, Valparaiso, Richmond, Navy, Central Arkansas, UTSA or Dayton. The Flames most recently fell to UMBC in a 62-51 defeat at home on December 29. Tuesday marks Charleston Southern's 61st meeting with Liberty, with the Flames holding a 54-6 advantage in the series. The Buccaneers have lost their last 12 matchups against Liberty, most recently falling to the Flames in the Big South Championship Quarterfinals, 68-53, last season.
Liberty's offense is led by Keyen Green. The 6-1 freshman from Philadelphia is averaging 10.5 points per game for a total of 116 points this season. Green also leads the Flames' defense with 8.2 rebounds per game and 10 steals in the 2016-17 slate. She most recently recorded her third double-double performance of the season, putting up 16 points and earning 16 boards in Liberty's 62-51 loss against UMBC.
The Flames are coached by Carey Green. Green is in his 18th season as head coach and has accumulated a 403-141 record in 17 seasons on the Liberty bench for a .741 winning percentage. Entering the 2016-17 season, Green was ranked 13th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches in winning percentage.
Last Time Against Liberty (Big South Championship - Quarterfinals)
Liberty 68, Charleston Southern 53 (March 11, 2016)
Charleston Southern's Big South Women's Basketball Championship run ended in the Quarterfinal round as the No. 7 Buccaneers fell to the No. 2 Liberty Flames on Friday night in Kimmel Arena, 68-53. Alyssa Mann scored 13 points, while Shauntavia Dobson scored 11 points, including three second half three-pointers, for the Buccaneers (14-17) on the night, but CSU was unable to offset Liberty's size advantage in the paint as the Flames utilized a 55-22 rebounding advantage in taking the win. The Bucs kept the game within one possession at 20-19 following Mann jumper at the 4:43 mark, before Liberty stretched the lead back out before the break as the Flames took the 27-21 lead at the half.
Liberty's lead reached double-digits at 32-21 following a three-pointer from Brooke Alexander and the Flames led by as many as 19 in the third quarter. Dobson converted a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the CSU deficit down to 52-36. Liberty's lead reached 23 points following a pair of free throws from Sadaila Ellis at the 5:50 mark in the fourth quarter. CSU mounted a late comeback with Dobson connecting on another three-pointer while Mann and Rachel Burns both had layups, but the Bucs were unable to close the gap in falling to the Flames, 68-53.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Western Carolina 58, Charleston Southern 53 (December 30, 2016)
Charleston Southern was unable to keep the momentum going in overtime as the Buccaneers fell at Western Carolina, 58-53, in CSU's final game of the 2016 calendar year. Ke'Asia Jackson scored a career-high 29 points, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter to keep the Buccaneers in the ball game against the Catamounts. She sent the game into overtime after sinking a jumper with just 10 seconds remaining. Trailing 18-7 at the 7:31 mark, CSU was able to find momentum with a pair of jumpers from Nayla Long, a bucket from beyond the arc from Breannah Bretches and three baskets from Jackson to cut the Catamounts' lead down to 22-20 at the end of the half. Jackson tied up the game at 22-22 with the first basket of the third quarter. After WCU responded with a layup, the sophomore standout evened the score at 24 with a pair of free throws. Jackson shot 87.5% (7-8) from the stripe, finding six of those seven baskets from the charity stripe in the third quarter. After scoring the tying point twice in the third quarter, Jackson was able to give CSU its first lead (34-33) heading into the final ten minutes. Brianna Lakes opened the fourth quarter at the charity line and split a pair of free throws to give the Buccaneers a two-point lead.
With just 10 seconds left, Jackson sealed her sensational performance with yet another game-tying basket and drew a foul. Jackson saw an end to a perfect 7-7 from the charity line, missing her only free throw of the game and sending the contest into overtime at 50-50. The Buccaneers struggled in extra minutes, missing several layups and shooting just 10.0% (1-10) from the floor. Burns scored the Bucs' only points in overtime with a basket and one free throw to tie the game up at 53 all with 2:23 minutes on the clock. The Catamounts went on a 5-0 scoring run, clawing their way to victory with a layup and two more trips to the stripe for the 58-53 win.
Jackson earns Big South Player of the Week honors
Charleston Southern sophomore guard Ke'Asia Jackson was named the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Jackson scored a career-high 29 points and sent the Buccaneers into an overtime that resulted in a tough 58-53 loss at Western Carolina last Friday. The Irmo, S.C.-native put up 11 points in the fourth quarter and tied the game up five times throughout the 45 minutes. She sent the contest into extra minutes after sinking a jumper for her 11thfield goal with just 10 seconds remaining. Jackson earned seven of her 29 points from the charity line, shooting an impressive 87.5% from the free-throw line.
Jackson currently leads the Big South with 15.8 points per game and a 92.3% average from the stripe. In her 10 performances on the season, she has recorded nine double-digit games, including two 20+ games.
She's the Mann
Last season, she scored a team-high 13 points against the Flames in the Big South Championship Quarterfinals. If she can pull off a repeat performance this year, Alyssa Mann will be one step closer to becoming just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. The redshirt-senior entered the 2016-17 season with 835 career points. Eight double-digit games, including four 20+ games, have put Mann at 145 points this season for a career total of 980 points. The 2016-17 Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team pick was last season's lone player in the Big South to sit in the top six in multiple conference statistical categories, including points per game (13.7, 4th), assists per game (2.8, 6th) and steals per game (1.8, 5th). She was also among the conference leaders in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game and minutes per game. Mann scored 20-plus points in seven different games last season, including a career-high 29 in CSU's 74-64 win over Wofford.